Fmr Foreign Office Perm Sec Simon McDonald, who worked closely with Dominic Raab, is asked by @AndrewMarr9: “Do you think the characterisation of him as somebody who could bully, and around whom bullying happened, is a plausible one?"
“Yes”, he replies.
Just heard the strangest thing.
Two people with opposing views, well-versed in the issues, discussing a complex & urgent matter in firm but cordial disagreement, while a journalist facilitated.
Like a vision of how discussion could be.
Cheers @TheNewsAgents and @lewis_goodall
No apologies for the brown-nosing here. There should be much, much more of this type of thing in our public discourse, rather than five talking heads running out the clock by emitting soundbites like a squid squirting ink
‘When I was young, we didn’t have books because my mother couldn’t read or write” whatever your politics, Angela Rayners story is remarkable, so here is a free link so you can read it via @FTon.ft.com/3fUPQBX
Dulce et Decorum Est: one of the greatest poems ever written, in turns grand and horrifying and philosophical. Look at that tiny detail “blood-shod” for the footsore men marching to their deaths. Anyway, worth reading today, and every year. Wilfred Owen, a marvel of his century.
It’s pretty weird that when you have full employment, high inflation and yet still ugly economic performance….
…economic views on both the Trussonomics right and the harder left thought a jolly big boost to demand was the solution
THIS IS A SUPPLY PROBLEM, PEOPLE
My son is autistic, I asked what his favourite dinosaur was when I tucked him in for bed (T-Rex obvs), then I heard a little voice whisper “mummy, what’s your favourite dinosaur?” He asked me a question back tonight & I just needed to tell someone because it was lovely
And talking of thank yous to be said, a huge, heartfelt thank you to all of you here on this patch of Twitter. I’m not going anywhere, and hope Twitter isn’t either, but just wanted to say it anyway. And, all things being well, will be catching up with your tweets here shortly
After 400 days the Grenfell Tower Inquiry closed today. Richard Millett KC, counsel for the inquiry: “Each and every one of the deaths that occurred in Grenfell Tower, on the 14 June 2017 was avoidable.” He said firms are still involved in a “merry-go-round of buck-passing.”
I am unbelievably delighted and humbled to have won Political Journalist of Year, Investigation of Year & Journalist of Year @EditorsUK awards. These things are huge team effort, so am thrilled @DailyMirror @MirrorAlison won Media Organisation of Year 🙏�#MFA20222eL
@maitlis@TheNewsAgents I’m a politics junkie - self-confessed. No programme, podcast or newspaper column has ever made me grin as much as you lot - it’s a joy. Please go easy on the spiders though - Sammy my Salmon Pink Toed Tarantula listens too - she sends her love